There's more to life than what one can *SEE*
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04-10-2009, 02:24 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Springfield, IL USA
Actually there are programs now (on computer) that can teach anyone to read. My little boy couldn't even speak yet, and he was only 15 months old when he was first on the computer.
He learned to read at that young age thanks to a Dr. Seuss program. He never spoke his first word until he was almost 3. Oddly enough, his first word wasn't "Mama" ... noooo ... it was "car!"
Then it was "cop car!"
Grandma worked at the police department
I have a cousin that's totally blind and has been since birth. They removed his eyes due to infection when he was first born. He went to college and earned a degree and he works in Mercy Hospital in Detroit as an X-ray Technologist.
People are capable of more than even they know. Sometimes all it takes it for someone else to show you the right way, to lead you to "how", and do so without the condescending tone.
No one with a difficulty such as blindness, or motor skill disorder, likes to be treated in a manner as though they are somehow less because they haven't reached the plateau of knowledge that you have (this is a generic all encompassing you -- not a specific YOU).
Myself, I have progressive high (degenerative) myopia which I was born with. I am able to see in distance only about 2 ft away and even that is a blur of colors without edges to define shapes and surrounded by several thick fuzzy lines.
I didn't let vision hold me back. I wanted to be a Teacher, and I was. Then I retired from that and wanted to learn programming. And I have. Everything I know thus far about web design, web accessibility, and programming, I have taught myself.
I may not be the best at something, nor maybe not the most creative, nor even the most brilliant at a craft. I am however, not a hack and I can certainly hold my own and have done so for many years now.
As far as web accessibility goes, I am considered a pro in that area. It's my main passion.
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